Human Thought (HT) (3 credit hours)
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EC 201 Macroeconomics
This course is a study of the behavior of the macroeconomy, including the causes and consequences of inflation, unemployment, and the business cycle. Monetary, fiscal, and “supply side” policies for dealing with macroeconomic problems are examined. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.
EC 202 Microeconomics
This course is an investigation of the economic behavior of consumers, businesses and government. Emphasis is placed on price and output determination under various market structures and on the entrepreneurial competitive process. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.
EC 301 Money and Banking
This course is a study of the theory and history of money and banking. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the Federal Reserve System and the U.S. Treasury and their role in money creation, inflation, business cycles, and international finance. Prerequisites: EC 201 or EC 202
EC 332 Comparative Economic Systems
Analysis of systems for organizing economic activity. Socialist methods of economic management are compared with the operation of the free-market economy and of government intervention into market relationships. Marxian thought also is analyzed in-depth. Not offered every year.
EC 333 History of Economic Thought
This course surveys the development of modern-day economic ideas and doctrines beginning with Adam Smith and his famous work, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. The ideas and traditions covered include the British Classical School founded by Smith, the Glut theorists of Thomas Malthus, Karl Marx and his communist ideology, John Maynard Keynes and the rise of macroeconomic demand management, Milton Friedman and Monetarist economics, the Supply Side economics of incentives, and Austrian economics of Mises, Hayek, Hazlitt, Rothbard and Sennholz. Prerequisites: EC 201 or EC 202, or permission of the instructor
EC 334 Economics from a Biblical Perspective
This course examines the literature and debate over the legitimacy of Biblical Economics, the methodology and premises that form its paradigm, and numerous Biblical passages that produce a unified body of thought consisting of interdependent economics and moral principles. These principles will be applied to contemporary economic issues to reveal a distinct set of conclusions for public policy that is uniquely Judeo-Christian. Prerequisites: EC 201 or EC 202, or permission of the instructor
EC 399 Topics in Economics
In-depth exploration of particular economic subjects on issues not treated or treated only briefly in other courses. Specific titles offered under this heading will be listed in the course schedule for the session in which they are offered.
- EC 201 Macroeconomics
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PH 105 For Love of Wisdom
An introductory Philosophy course that focuses on the basic questions that confront humans throughout their lives: Who am I? What is real? How does the world work? How do we know? What should I do? What has value?
PH 115 Ethics in America
Inspects the main moral issues in modern American life through the media of film and literature and the perspectives that can be applied to our lives and actions.
PH 225 World Religions
This course investigates the culture, beliefs, and practices of the great world religions.
PH 230 Christianity: Its History, Practices and Beliefs
This course introduces students to the basic elements of the Christian religion.
PH 410 Medical Ethics and Leadership
This course examines relevant definitions and topics of medical ethics and the process of decision making within medical environments.
- PH 105 For Love of Wisdom
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CA 208 Critical Thinking and Communication
Introduces models and theories to develop and apply critical thinking skills needed for effective communication in work, social, and personal areas of life. Presents terminology, techniques, and communication processes to enhance cognition and improve communication skills. Competencies in the areas of argumentation, reasoning, persuasion, and critical thinking are addressed.
CA 301 Persuasion
Theory and practice of persuasive speaking designed to enhance speaking skills and sound reasoning in a variety of contexts. Provides instruction on organization of thought and effective argumentation skills. Competencies in the areas of audience analysis, organized thinking, motivation, and persuasiveness are addressed. Prerequisite: CA 109
CA 426 Building Effective Organizations
This course focuses on training the competent communicator to train others in the organization. The course also emphasizes developing the skills necessary to design and develop interventions. Competencies include problem solving, coordinating and visioning. Prerequisite: CA 109
ES 200 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
Designed to cover all of the major steps that must be mastered for successful startup of a new business venture. The course emphasizes the development of an entrepreneurial perspective to assess, evaluate and act on market opportunities, and the creation of a business plan.
IGEN 160 Introduction to Virtue Ethics
An introduction to that branch of ethics known as virtue ethics, this course focuses on the development of character through the cultivation of classical virtues. The insights of classical philosophy about the concepts of virtue, vice, character, the good, happiness, love, and justice are compared and contrasted with the insights of more contemporary philosophers.
IGEN 202 Using Critical Thinking to Understand Western Civilization
This course provides critical perspectives on Western Civilization and Culture. Besides examining the contributions of the Greeks, Romans, and Medieval and Renaissance Europeans, this course also investigates the Age of Science and Reason, the growth of democracy, modern capitalism and technology, and the Post-Modern world. Key concepts examined in the course include Western views of society, reason, mathematics, faith, science, religion, property, wealth, capitalism, progress, rights, democracy, and the state.
IGEN 213 Philosophy of Science
This course studies the philosophy of science by exploring science history, the scientific method, key philosophers and scientists, and the impact of science on Western thought.
IGEN 216 Do No Harm
This course will explore the progression of Hippocrates’ phrase, Do Not Harm, through the centuries and how philosophy has impacted the patient—provider relationship we have today.
IGEN 220 Using Critical Thinking to Understand Human Behavior
This course applies critical thinking skills to human behavior. Topics include the self in society, truth versus beliefs, human nature and its origins, love, sex, and friendship, personal and social morality, learning and creativity, work and recreation, law, government, democracy, change and progress, war and peace, thought about God, and hope for the future.
IGEN 221 Real Morals for Real People
This course examines the moral issues arising from the ongoing conflict between popular culture and serious traditional cultures. It does this by analyzing examples raised by an overview of the television programs, The Simpsons and Seinfeld, and the writings of the great philosophers.
IGEN 233 One World-Many Faiths
This course is an introduction to the major religious faiths of the world. Special attention will be given to the beliefs, practices, stories, writings, and ethics of the world’s largest religious traditions.
IGEN 252 Chinese Philosophies and Religions
Students examine the basic beliefs and practices of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, with a special emphasis on the roles of these traditional religions and philosophies in the dynamic culture of modern China.
IGEN 301 The Origins of American Consumerism
Explores the origins of American consumerism—how our nation achieved one of the world’s highest standards of per capita wealth by the time of its founding and today enjoys the highest standard of living in the world. The course identifies and analyzes economic, intellectual, historical, and philosophical influences that have shaped our consumer culture.
IGEN 302 The History of Love and Sex
Examines the differing manners in which love and sex have been viewed throughout recorded history.
IGEN 315 Ethics of Photography
This class provides the ethical foundation for reporting and illustrates how photography, and its manipulation can completely alter the perception of the photograph. Students access appropriate and inappropriate photographic manipulation.
IGEN 320 Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Philosophy and the Arts
This course analyzes the nature of heroism in philosophy and the arts and examines a number of specific philosophers and artists who are heroes and anti-heroes.
IGEN 331 Ethics, Privacy, and Quality of Life in a Digital World
Technological innovations should prompt us to pause and consider questions of ethics, privacy, and quality of life before the innovations are embraced or rejected at home or at work. Accordingly, classroom activities, discussions, and assignments will prompt students to connect professional codes of ethics to the use of current and emerging technologies and reflect on the ethical and social issues being raised.
ISPS 290 Money and Morality
An interdisciplinary course, topics include postmodernism, consumerism, free market economics, Keynesianism, Marxism, shopping malls, whistle blowing, insider trading, corporate responsibility, and more.
- CA 208 Critical Thinking and Communication
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